Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Explore with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world.
The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.

In our 129 years as the Geographical Society of Philadelphia, we have championed Arctic exploration, witnessed the first lunar landing, and, together with our members, made many trips around the world.

We thank you so much for your support, and for making our community lively, vibrant, and informed.

Explorer extraordinaire, a GEO honoree Erik Weihenmayer, who has been blind since his teenage years, conquered mountains (including all of the Seven Summits!), and so much more. Over 400 attended GEO’s Annual Legacy Event to see Erik honored on February 7, 2016. The accomplished climber, paraglider, skier, and kayaker shared his unique “vision” of the world and his amazing stories of adventure. Take a listen to his “Message of Hope”!

 

Check back to see what our program for the next season holds, and how you can experience the world in new ways.  Become a member to support the legacy of one of Philadelphia’s oldest and most-prestigious organizations.

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Events and News

Mezzo Soprano Misoon

A SPECIAL BORDER CROSSINGS DISCUSSION WITH MEZZO SOPRANO MISOON GHIM: MUSIC CONNECTS CULTURES

GEO’s 130th Season continues with a virtual Border Crossings event presenting Misoon.
Born in South Korea, an opera singer, professor of voice, a breathing technique expert, and the mother of two, she is also a non-profit entrepreneur with a firm belief in the power of music that benefits the quality of life.
Misoon will talk about her journey – the cultural exchange between her native country and her hometown Philadelphia;
How classical music is perceived in different cultures, how the pandemic has affected the classical music sphere, and how breathing plays a crucial role as a key element of mindfulness and coping with life’s challenges.

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Chief Astronomer of Franklin Institute, Dr. Derek Pitts

Some of Our Speakers

Derrick Pitts is the chief astronomer, planetarium director, and NASA Solar System Ambassador(!) for the Franklin Institute.  Derrick started his education at Germantown Academy before attending St. Lawrence University in NY. He has since been awarded honorary doctorates from La Salle University and Rowan University.  His masterful ability to communicate science[…]

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Preservation: Water and Climate Change!

GEO presents a panel discussion about the historical, ecological, social, and technological effects along our rivers.
Join a panel of experts talk about the Today and Past of the Water in Philly – an EPA agent, scholars with extensive research on Philadelphia’s rivers, and GEO’s board members.
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Circa 1900 Arctic Exploration Bellevue-Stratford

Annual Legacy Event – Explorer of the Year Award

Since 1891, we have been annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”. We choose the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example of that goal. The special Cecilia Beaux pin has been awarded to Robert Peary, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, Diana Nyad, and Derrick Pitts – to name just a few.

Stay tuned for the “Date and our Next Honoree”

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